Update: 1 October 2015
Scottish Golf Tees Off in Style with New Aberdeen Asset Management Partnership
Scottish Golf, the new unified governing body for the sport in Scotland, has teed off its first day by securing a major sponsorship deal with Aberdeen Asset Management as the organisation unveiled its new look.
At an historic day in St Andrews, the Home of Golf, the new body – an amalgamation of the Scottish Golf Union (SGU) and the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association (SLGA) – was launched in the company of a number of Scotland’s leading tour professionals and amateurs, joined by local youngsters from the ClubGolf programme.
Aberdeen Asset Management global golf ambassadors, former Open champion Paul Lawrie, Scotland’s highest-ranked player Marc Warren and Ladies European Tour duo Pamela Pretswell and Carly Booth, teamed up with Walker Cup star Ewen Ferguson and last year’s Scottish Ladies Amateur champion, Gabrielle Macdonald, to celebrate the occasion.
Update: 13 August 2015
Eleanor Cannon Heralds Fresh Start as New Chair of Scottish Golf Limited
Eleanor Cannon, a highly qualified director with an engrained passion for golf, heralds a fresh start for the sport after her appointment as the inaugural Chair of Scottish Golf Limited.
Following the historic decision to amalgamate the Scottish Golf Union (SGU) and Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association (SLGA) into a single governing body for amateur golf in Scotland from 1 October, Eleanor will use her extensive strategic and commercial background to lead the new organisation in the non-executive Chair role for an initial three-year term.
Succeeding the current Chairs of both governing bodies, Tom Craig (SGU) and Beth Paterson (SLGA), Eleanor, 50, will seek to lead the ongoing development of golf in Scotland and meet the challenges the sport faces.
It was always understood that there would be a lot of work to be done in order to effect a smooth transition of the two bodies into a single, unified Scottish Golf Limited by 1st October 2015 – the date when the new body will take over responsibility from SGU and SLGA. Here is a summary of the main things that have been happening.
An Amalgamation Governance Group comprising the chairs of SGU and SLGA, plus one other director from each of the two bodies has been established to oversee the transition period. This group has met several times. They consider and direct how the transition should be planned and implemented and report back to both Boards.
A Transition Joint Working Group comprising senior management from SGU and SLGA has also been set up, reporting to the Amalgamation Governance Group. The group comprises of three from SGU Management and two from SLGA. They have prepared a detailed operational plan covering all matters required to ensure the smooth transition.
Suitably qualified people are required to fill nine non-exceutive director positions. Each post has a role description, including an outline of the skill set required. The roles are non-executive and not remunerated outside of expenses, to serve a maximum of two three-year terms. Our appointments panel are working alongside an independent HR consultancy to undertake the recruitment process.
The Board will comprise 9 members, all of whom will have a specific role to play in agreeing and supporting the organisation’s strategic direction. Applicants will be appointed on the basis of their skills, qualifications, expertise and track record demonstrated either from their professional careers and/or within golf. They must demonstrate a sound knowledge of golf and the industry, combined with an appetite to make a positive and meaningful contribution to its continued development.
The roles being recruited are:
- Championships Director
- Club Development Director
- Commercial Director
- Communications Director
- Finance Director
- Handicapping and Course Rating Director
- Participation Director
- Performance Director
Following an historic 16-0 verdict delivered by the Area Golf Associations at an SGU Extraordinary General Meeting at the Stirling Court Hotel, the SGU and SLGA will amalgamate into a new company, to be called Scottish Golf Limited. The new company will come into existence on 1 October 2015.
In February, the Membership of the SLGA backed the Proposal to amalgamate with the SGU by a unanimous margin of 204 – 0 at their Annual General Meeting, before SGU affiliated clubs and eligible societies overwhelmingly backed the Proposal after voting 97% in favour in an independent poll.
Scotland’s leading male and female golfers, Stephen Gallacher and Catriona Matthew, also supported the plans to amalgamate the two governing bodies, with other partners and sponsors strongly in favour.
The poll – which gave all clubs affiliated to the SGU the opportunity to make a difference to the future structure of the game – saw a total of 362 clubs make their vote, representing 58% of all clubs and eligible societies.
Answering the question ‘Should the SGU and SLGA amalgamate as detailed in the Official Proposal –Scottish Golf Amalgamation: Creating a single unified national governing body for amateur golf in Scotland?’, 351 clubs voted ‘Yes’ and only 11 voted ‘No’. Across all 16 Areas of the country, there was endorsement of the Proposal with clubs delivering a majority ‘Yes’ vote.
To ensure complete integrity and transparency of the Poll process, it was conducted by 4 global Consulting Ltd, an independent market research company.
The SGU Board and Area Golf Associations agreed to seek the views of all SGU affiliated clubs as an essential part of the amalgamation process, guiding the respective Areas on how to vote on the Proposal at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of Scottish Golf Union Limited.
The EGM has now been confirmed for Monday 30 March 2015 at the centrally-located Stirling Court Hotel, situated at the University of Stirling campus.
The Membership of the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association has backed the Proposal to amalgamate with the Scottish Golf Union after a yes vote at their Annual General Meeting.
Ladies Sections of Clubs, Ladies Clubs, County Golf Associations, Vice Presidents and Directors voted in favour of the proposed amalgamation by a unanimous margin of 204-0 at their AGM at the Edinburgh Marriott Hotel.
The SGU Board and Area Golf Associations agreed to seek the views of all SGU affiliated clubs as an essential part of the amalgamation process, guiding the respective Areas on how to vote on the Proposal at an Extraordinary General Meeting of Scottish Golf Union Limited in the near future.
Speaking after the SGU Annual Conference in Stirling, SGU Chairman Tom Craig said: “We encourage and advise all affiliated SGU clubs to vote in the independent Poll. It is simply vital that they do so. At our forthcoming Extraordinary General Meeting, the 16 Area Golf Associations, who are the shareholders of the SGU, will vote according to their clubs’ wishes.”
To ensure complete integrity and transparency of the Poll process, it will be conducted by 4 global Consulting, an independent market research company, and they have been in touch will all affiliated clubs on how to participate, either online or via the telephone.
The SLGA Membership (Ladies Sections of Clubs, Ladies Clubs, County Golf Associations, Vice Presidents and Directors) will vote on whether to back the amalgamation Proposal at their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 7 February in Edinburgh.
The Proposal to amalgamate the Scottish Golf Union (SGU) and the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association (SLGA) into a single unified governing body for amateur golf in Scotland has been finalised, one that can herald an exciting “new era” for Scottish Golf.
To meet the many challenges currently facing the game, the Proposal outlines how amalgamation can provide a platform for a new governing body to lead Scottish golf positively into the future, help Clubs be viable and vibrant and attract more people of all ages and gender into the sport.
With the Boards of the SGU and the SLGA both in agreement regarding the Proposal, it has now been distributed to the memberships of each organisation – namely the SGU’s 16 Area Associations, the SLGA’s 15 County Golf Associations, Ladies Clubs and Ladies Sections of Clubs and all affiliated Clubs in Scotland – for them to consider as approval is sought over the coming months.
Key features of the Proposal include Clubs becoming full voting members for the first time, with Areas and Counties to have a substantial collective vote, equivalent in aggregate to approximately one third of the overall vote. The roles of the Areas and Counties are to remain unchanged, meaning they don’t have to merge. National and Regional Forums are also to be established to help communication to and from grass roots golfers and clubs.
Back in March of this year, a Joint Working Group, comprising five representatives from each of the SGU and the SLGA, independently chaired by Sheriff Alastair Thornton, circulated an Amalgamation Consultation Proposal to all Areas, Counties and Clubs in Scotland.
Following a wide ranging consultation process up to the end of July during which every Club, Area and County, as well as all golfers and other interested parties had the opportunity to input, the Joint Working Group analysed and considered the feedback before publishing its final Proposal.